Niu Tou (牛头)
Name of a guardian of the Underworld in Chinese mythology.
the tasks are divided, with some guards working at night, while others
serve during the day, and whereas
a watchman of the day, his
counterpart for the night is
They are said to be the first creatures
a dead soul meets
upon arriving in the Underworld, that is if
Hei Bai Wu Chang,
the guardians that
are in charge of bringing the souls of the dead to the Underworld.
They are typically dispatched to capture any lost souls or the souls of
those that try to escape from hell. To track the latter, they may roam
the earth disguised as humans.
In some stories
Ox-Head and Horse-Face directly escort the newly deceased to the
Underworld and in the narrative
Journey to the West,
they are sent to capture
though the latter
overpowers them and scares them away.
then breaks into the Underworld
and crosses out his name from the record of living souls, hence granting
himself immortality. Also spelled Niutou.
and weapon is a
club or mace and his
features are akin to